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18 of our favourite pictures from the start of the GAA inter-county football season

Who doesn’t love January football?

DCU’s Eoin O’Connor braves the cold conditions in Pearse Park Longford

Source: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

DCU players run onto the field

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

DCU’s Evan Keane scores a goal

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Down’s Danny McKay with Cavan’s Killian Clarke

Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO

Down’s Arthur McConville with Cavan’s Rory Dunne

Source: Presseye/William Cherry/INPHO

Antrim’s CJ McGourty kicks the winning point from an injury time free

Source: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHO

Kildare’s Tomas O’Connor scores the only goal of the game against Louth

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Donegal players take to the pitch for their first game of the season

Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

Derry’s Enda Lynn and Donegal’s Cory Gallagher

Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO

Tyrone’s Niall McKenna and Armagh’s Mark McConville go aerial

Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

Tyrone’s Peter Hughes lies injured

Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

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Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

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Westmeath’s Kevin Maguire and Ruairi O’Dowd of Meath contest a loose ball

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Supporters queue for tickets outside Cusack Park

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Spectators look on during the game in the McGrath Cup

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

David Hyland of Maynooth University with Niall Collins of Dublin

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Pat Homes and Michael Collins arrive for Mayo’s FBD League clash with NUIG

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The NUIG players leave the field after their defeat

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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